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Letter: DUI story gets it wrong about Medical Marijuana

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Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2012 12:20 pm | Updated: 4:04 pm, Thu Mar 8, 2012.

I am writing about the March 2 front page story: “Medical marijuana, prescriptions boost number of DUIs in Mesa.” Not only does marijuana not impair driving ability, perhaps it improves it. I suggest that the readers Google: “Medical marijuana and highway deaths.” Then you will see that states that have medical marijuana laws have substantially fewer highway deaths than states that don’t.

Marijuana metabolites stay in a person’s blood system for up to three weeks, long after its effects have worn off. How would the readers feel if they received a DUI two weeks after they consumed a single glass of wine or bottle of beer?

I am disappointed that the East Valley Tribune would publish such a story. When the EVTrib was published by Freedom Communications it was an excellent newspaper. Now it is not.

Kirk Muse

Mesa

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